The FBI is remotely hacking hundreds of computers to protect them from Hafnium

The FBI is remotely hacking hundreds of computers to protect them from Hafnium

The hack, which affected tens of thousands of Microsoft Exchange Server customers around the world and triggered a “whole of government response” from the White House, reportedly left a number of backdoors that could let any number of hackers right into those systems again.

DMVs Can (And Do) Collect and Sell Your Personal Data

DMVs Can (And Do) Collect and Sell Your Personal Data

An investigation by Vice found that, in several states, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) supplements its income by selling drivers' personal information—including their names, dates of birth, addresses, and the cars they own—to third parties.

Private dollars are seeding surveillance tech across the US

Private dollars are seeding surveillance tech across the US

Companies including Axon – which makes tasers, cameras and drones, and Verizon – which provides video surveillance technologies and 5G connectivity services – they’re in the Chula Vista Police Foundation’s Captain’s Circle of sponsors.

Aggregated data from Three mobile customers used to monitor Covid-19 travel restriction compliance

Aggregated data from Three mobile customers used to monitor Covid-19 travel restriction compliance

Mobile phone carrier Three is providing the aggregated movement data of its 2.4m Irish customers to the Department of Health and the CSO in order to monitor compliance with Covid-19 public health and movement restrictions.

Intelligence Analysts Use U.S. Smartphone Location Data Without Warrants, Memo Says

Intelligence Analysts Use U.S. Smartphone Location Data Without Warrants, Memo Says

In October, BuzzFeed reported on the existence of a legal memo from the Department of Homeland Security opining that it was lawful for law enforcement agencies to buy and use smartphone location data without a warrant.

DHS warns of data theft risk when using Chinese products

DHS warns of data theft risk when using Chinese products

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned American businesses of the data theft risks behind using equipment and data services provided by companies linked with the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

Proposed FinCEN regulation would create financial surveillance net for cryptocurrency transactions

Proposed FinCEN regulation would create financial surveillance net for cryptocurrency transactions

Proposed FinCEN regulations on cryptocurrency transactions would create financial surveillance net.The EFF noted several potential effects of FinCEN’s proposed regulations that are categorically all results of the increased financial surveillance this regulation would bring.

ACLU sues Baltimore PD for lying about aerial mass surveillance program

ACLU sues Baltimore PD for lying about aerial mass surveillance program

Additionally, BPD claimed that the AIR program was only for tracking suspects to and from confirmed crime scenes and that the department lacked the ability to gather identifying information like license plate numbers from the surveillance.

Baltimore Police Lied About Almost Every Aspect of Its Spy Plane Program

Baltimore Police Lied About Almost Every Aspect of Its Spy Plane Program

The Baltimore Police Department told the public and a federal appeals court that the surveillance images would only be stored for 45 days, that the planes would only be used for limited tracking of individuals to and from known crime scenes, and that the Aerial Investigation Research (AIR) program couldn’t be used to gather identifying information like license plate numbers.

DOD to move 18M biometric records on ‘threat actors’ to AWS’s cloud

DOD to move 18M biometric records on ‘threat actors’ to AWS’s cloud

The Department of Defense wants to modernize an 18-million-record system of biometric data on adversaries by moving it to Amazon Web Service‘s cloud, the department indicated in a request for information posted Tuesday.

Los Angeles Police Just Banned The Use Of Commercial Facial Recognition

Los Angeles Police Just Banned The Use Of Commercial Facial Recognition

Documents obtained by BuzzFeed News via public records requests showed that Clearview AI previously misrepresented how law enforcement used its software and once told police officers to "run wild" with the tool by testing it on friends and family members.

Nearly 28 million licensed Texas drivers hit by data breach

Nearly 28 million licensed Texas drivers hit by data breach

An insurance software company called Vertafore, which has legal access to that DMV information, said in a statement the data was inadvertently stored in an unsecured storage service that was hacked between March and August of this year.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: November 6, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: November 6, 2020

The social networking app left a server exposed on the internet that exposed private user data for the entire world to see.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

Urban surveillance in The City of Angels: Watch out for the eyes in the sky

Urban surveillance in The City of Angels: Watch out for the eyes in the sky

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has recently gained approval to start recording the aerial footage captured by its helicopters.Recent Black Lives Matter protests around the country have sparked aerial surveillance at a federal and state level in multiple cities.

Surveillance company harassed female employees using its own facial recognition technology

Surveillance company harassed female employees using its own facial recognition technology

After the Slack incident was reported to HR, Verkada CEO Filip Kaliszan gave employees in the Slack channel a choice: leave the company or have their stock options reduced.

LAPD gets approval to begin recording, storing aerial footage of protests

LAPD gets approval to begin recording, storing aerial footage of protests

The Los Angeles Police Department received approval Tuesday to begin recording and storing aerial footage of protests and other large gatherings from its helicopters — a new capability that the department said would expand its “operational readiness” and protesters and civil liberties advocates denounced as unconstitutional government surveillance.

Facebook Promises Privacy Reform. Critics Aren't Convinced

Facebook Promises Privacy Reform. Critics Aren't Convinced

As part of the agreement, Facebook is sharing quarterly and annual updates with the FTC on its progress; the company is submitting its first quarterly report at the end of this week.

Justice Department Sues Monopolist Google For Violating Antitrust Laws

Justice Department Sues Monopolist Google For Violating Antitrust Laws

Today, the Department of Justice — along with eleven state Attorneys General — filed a civil antitrust lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to stop Google from unlawfully maintaining monopolies through anticompetitive and exclusionary practices in the search and search advertising markets and to remedy the competitive harms.

Police get access to people told to self-isolate by NHS test and trace

Police get access to people told to self-isolate by NHS test and trace

Police forces will be able to access information about people “on a case-by-case” basis, so they can learn whether an individual has been told to self-isolate, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHCS) said.

Why Monopolies Make Spying Easier

Why Monopolies Make Spying Easier

If history is any guide, the longer that companies like Facebook and Google stay dominant, the more likely it becomes that they will serve as intelligence partners to the United States and other governments.

US joins six countries in new call for backdoor encryption access

US joins six countries in new call for backdoor encryption access

On Monday, the US Department of Justice signed on to a new international statement warning of the dangers of encryption and calling for an industry-wide effort to enable law enforcement agencies to access encrypted data once a warrant has been obtained.

Hackers, Taking Advantage of At-Home Work, Drilling into Fed Agencies

Hackers, Taking Advantage of At-Home Work, Drilling into Fed Agencies

Housing Data Hit. Four years after reporting that the personal files of almost 500,000 Americans safeguarded in its system had been compromised, the Department of Housing and Urban Development is still failing to protect citizens’s sensitive information, including Social Security numbers, phone numbers, home addresses and dates of birth, the GAO said.

Trump to shut off TikTok, WeChat to new U.S. users on Sunday

Trump to shut off TikTok, WeChat to new U.S. users on Sunday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration will ban WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok from U.S. app stores starting Sunday night, a move that will block Americans from downloading the Chinese-owned platforms over concerns they pose a national security threat.

Starting Sunday, TikTok and WeChat banned in US: American users will need a VPN

Starting Sunday, TikTok and WeChat banned in US: American users will need a VPN

The news comes from a U.S. Department of Commerce press release which is titled: “Commerce Department Prohibits WeChat and TikTok Transactions to Protect the National Security of the United States.” Where many people use VPNs in China to bypass Chinese censorship of American apps and services, the reverse is now going to become a thing.

Personal information of roughly 46,000 veterans exposed in VA hack

Personal information of roughly 46,000 veterans exposed in VA hack

(CNN)The Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday that roughly 46,000 veterans had their personal information, including Social Security numbers, exposed in a data breach in which "unauthorized users" gained access to an online application used for making health care payments.

Trump administration seeks sweeping DNA collection of immigrants, U.S. sponsors

Trump administration seeks sweeping DNA collection of immigrants, U.S. sponsors

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Friday formally proposed a sweeping expansion of its collection of DNA and other biometric data of immigrants, to go beyond detained migrants in order to include U.S. citizen sponsors and others.

Person of Interest

Person of Interest

Finch discovered that the machine sees everything, potential terrorist acts and violent crimes that involve ordinary people.Partnered with John Reese, an ex-CIA agent, the two work in secret to prevent violent crimes before they can happen.

Judge Orders Newsrooms to Give Unpublished Portland Protest Images to the Police

Judge Orders Newsrooms to Give Unpublished Portland Protest Images to the Police

Judge on Thursday ruled that five Seattle news outlets had to comply with a subpoena demanding them to provide the Seattle Police Department (SPD) with unpublished pictures and video from a May 30 protest against police brutality and racial injustice, the Seattle Times reported Thursday.

Popular Chinese-Made Drone Is Found to Have Security Weakness

Popular Chinese-Made Drone Is Found to Have Security Weakness

Cybersecurity researchers revealed on Thursday a newfound vulnerability in an app that controls the world’s most popular consumer drones, threatening to intensify the growing tensions between China and the United States.

US claims two Chinese hackers targeted defense companies, dissidents, and coronavirus research

US claims two Chinese hackers targeted defense companies, dissidents, and coronavirus research

The US Justice Department has charged two alleged Chinese hackers with stealing trade secrets and other valuable data from companies worldwide, including firms working on COVID-19 treatments and vaccines.